Hot Air Balloon Rides in India

Experience the thrill of flying high above lush green hills and valleys or magnificent palaces and bustling colourful cities of India on a hot air balloon adventure trip with your friends and family.

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Hot Air Balloon Rides in India Overview

Hot air ballooning in India

Who among us hasn’t at one point or the other looked at the birds in the sky with envy, wishing that, just like them, we could take to the skies. Live out your fantasy of flying through hot air balloon ride adventure packages across India in multiple breathtaking locations. Get ready to experience a thrilling adventure while soaring through the skies in a gigantic balloon.

Experience serenity like never before as the burners gurgle softly overhead, the cool winds blow you steadily upwards and birds riding right alongside you. Take in the unbelievable sights from a bird’s eye view as you glide over towns and cities with a unique perspective peering down from the skies above.

You'll feel the excitement bubbling within from the minute you clamber into the spacious basket and settle into your own private compartment. Hot air balloon rides can be done at several locations across India. These include the lush green landscapes of Lonavala and Ranthambore, the cultural hot spots of Pushkar and Udaipur, to name a few.

Top hot air ballooning locations in India

Near Mumbai and Pune: Lonavala

Known for its hills and forts, Lonavala is located a few hours away from the two metros of Pune and Mumbai. It serves as a perfect weekend getaway for the residents of these two metropolises.For those coming from other parts of the country, it can be an excellent opportunity to take a few days off and explore the greenery around these cities.

The hot air ballooning flight here gives you splendid views of lush green fields, mist-covered lakes, tumbling waterfalls, and undulating valleys of the Sahyadris. This ride is the perfect way to fly away from the bustling city life.

Ballooning in Goa:

Goa has remained a tourist’s paradise in India for decades now. A great way to explore the sights and sounds of this beautiful beach paradise is from the skies. Hot air ballooning in Goa is a great way to cruise high above in the skies, beside the fluffy white clouds and witness the magic beneath. The azure waters, the exotic beaches, the rolling hills and greenery in the distance and the sounds of the city will all give a new dimension to your perspective of Goa.

Hot air ballooning in Jaipur:

Hot air ballooning in Jaipur is a unique experience. Your eyes will get busy deciphering all the hustle and bustle beneath you as you soar higher and higher over this cultural jewel city of India. You will spot a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites as your balloon glides over this historic city. These include historical forts and palaces that showcase the architectural pride of the country.

The brimming city full of life and colour and warm people will mesmerise you as you spot the markets and the winding gullies. The vein-like roads are packed with people, cycle rickshaws, motorists and camels navigating their way around. This gives the city a mosaic-like appearance from the skies, washed in hues of pink. You will recognise why Jaipur is called the ‘Pink City’ - a blush coloured paradise.

You will be able to view in the distance the sprawling desert, rural fields, and the craggy peaks of the Aravalli Mountain Range. Don't miss this dreamy adventure of drifting in a basket a few thousand feet above this capital city of Rajasthan.

Hot air ballooning in Ranthambore:

The hot air ride over Ranthambore allows you to experience the expanse of untamed landscape, almost as majestic as its celebrity resident, the Bengal Tiger. This trip starts from outside of the National Park and takes you over the forests.

You can expect some of the most stunning views while air ballooning over the protected park. While you enjoy soaring through the skies in this ride, keep your eyes peeled for the most exquisite wildlife. The Bengal Tiger, leopards, deer, jungle cats, flying foxes and crocodiles all call the Ranthambore forest their home.

Hot air ballooning in Pushkar

Located on the banks of Pushkar Lake, very few places offer a glimpse and insight into Indian culture and traditions like the city of Pushkar. Ritualistic baths and annual camel fairs are two of the many attractions of this spellbinding city. Hop into the hot air balloon ride over the holy and beautiful city of Rajasthan.

You'll float over the lake, swarmed with bathing devotees and bustling ghats. Out into the distance, you will witness the shape-shifting sand dunes of this desert state. The vast spectrum of colours will make this an adventure that you will not forget for many years to come.

Hot air ballooning in Udaipur:

Udaipur offers a hot air balloon ride that is unique in many aspects compared to the other locations. The city, known to be one of India’s most romantic cities, showcases beautiful white palaces with sprawling courtyards, lakes and winding lanes. Witness the best that the city has to offer during a sunrise or sunset ride here. On winter flights, when the mist settles and hovers over the lakes, the breathtaking views will leave you with lifelong memories to cherish.

Best season for hot air balloon rides in India

Most places have the rides operational almost throughout the year except monsoons. The winter months are the ideal time as the winds are at their best during this time. It makes for a smooth flight as you surf the skies. The cool weather ensures that your ride doesn’t get too warm. During the summer season, the rides are scheduled for dawn and dusk times, giving you gorgeous views of the horizon and a cool experience.

Ballooning in India Summary

  • Total days: 1 days
  • Grade: Easy
  • Max altitude:2000-4000 feet
  • Duration:4-5 hours
  • Flight time: 45-60 min
  • Season: Summer/Winter

Air Ballooning in Jaipur - 1 Day

Sketch itinerary:

  • Day start time: 05:30 hrs
  • Day end time: 09:00 hrs
  • Pick-up point: Most hotels in Jaipur
  • Total duration: 3-4 hrs
  • Flight time: 45-60 min
  • Altitude: 2000-4000 feet

Detailed itinerary:

From the meeting point in Jaipur, you will be taken to the launch site where the crew and pilot will greet you. Some refreshments will be provided while the balloon is made ready for the departure. You will have a briefing session with all the necessary instructions prior to your flight. You will lift off and sail towards the sky while a beautiful sunset or sunrise lights up the horizon.

Feast your eyes with a view of Jaipur unlike any you have seen before. Once the flight time of 45-60 minutes ends, the landing will be initiated. After you reach the ground, a vehicle will drop you to the endpoint capping off your adventure.

Inclusions:

Transportation from most hotels of Jaipur to the take-off site and back from the landing site will be included. A hot air balloon ride of under 1 hour along with all the equipment required to ensure a smooth and safe flight is included in your package. Meals and refreshments along with warm beverages will be served based on the package selected at the take-off site prior to departure.

Services of highly experienced crew and internationally certified pilot will ensure you are in good hands. A back-up vehicle to tag along with the balloon ensuring utmost safety will be provided. If asked for in advance, a certificate signed by the pilot can also be provided

Exclusions:

The package neither includes any kind of personal expenses like tips, extra meals, beverages, etc. nor does it include any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities, roadblocks, etc. Insurance is not included. Lastly, the cost does not include anything not mentioned in the inclusions and anything availed additionally will be charged extra.

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Best time to go/Weather

The winter months are the best time for this adventure in India. The winds are at their best during this time, and the cool weather ensures that your ride doesn’t get too warm. However, many locations can operate trips in the cooler hours of dawn and dusk, giving you gorgeous views of the horizon.

Getting there

Most of the hot air balloon rides are located at or near major tourist locations like Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Udaipur etc. These places are well connected to all major Indian cities by airports, railways and roads including state and privately run bus services.

Some packages also include pick-up and drop-off from your base to the starting point of the trek, be sure to check out the inclusions of the package you’re booking, to know more about the same.

What to wear

You don’t need to wear any specific clothing or equipment for the ride. You only have to wear basic clothes like a t-shirt/shirt and pants along with comfortable shoes or sandals. Carry a warm jacket if you are going up in the winter in case the winds get a bit chilly. Wear sunglasses and a sun-cap and apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Lastly, avoid wearing high heels, expensive jewellery and watches.

What to carry

The tour operator provides all the ballooning equipment so you don’t have to get anything technical. All you have to carry is a daypack with a water bottle, personal toiletries like tissue paper, sanitizer, etc., sunglasses and sunscreen, extra cash, camera, etc. Carry a pair of binoculars if you wish to explore the landscape in more detail or spot specific landmarks or animals etc.

Preparation/Fitness

Ballooning requires no preparation and anyone can book this trip. Those suffering from serious ailments like heart, lungs, brain disorders, along with expecting mothers are advised to consult their doctor before booking this hot air balloon Jaipur trip. Anyone under 14 years of age should be accompanied by an adult.

FAQs about Balloning in India

How long will the ride take?

The flight time is usually around 45-60 minutes. However, you should schedule a minimum of 3-4 hours for the entire experience.

How high will we be flying?

The average escalation of a balloon ride is around 2500 feet. You can soar to about 4000 feet depending on weather conditions

How safe is a hot air balloon ride?

A balloon ride is an extremely safe experience. However, it is a weather-dependent activity and will be cancelled if the crew feels there is any danger involved.

What should I carry for the flight?

Participants are advised to carry minimum luggage with them. Only small handbags or luggage is typically allowed. That said, you really don't need to bring anything to the experience except a sense of adventure.

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